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Bharwa bhindi served on a white plate.

Bharwan bhindi-stuffed okra

Bharwa bhindi is a delicious Indian-style stuffed okra recipe that's very easy to make and gets ready in less than 30 minutes. It's a vegan dish that can be served in any Indian meal of the day, be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, North Indian
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 127kcal


  • Cooking pot/ pan with heavy flat base



  • Wash and pat dry okra. You can keep them folded in a kitchen paper towel for an hour. 
  • Remove the head and pointed tips of okra and make a vertical slit on them. 
  • In a bowl mix all the spices and salt.
  • Slightly open the slit of every okra and fill around ¼ to ½ a teaspoon of spice mix inside them, depending upon the size of okra.
  • Heat oil in a pan or cooking pot with a flat base. Place all the stuffed okras in a single layer on top of the hot oil.
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of water from the corners and cover the pot. Cook covered on a medium flame for around 10-12 minutes or until okra get cooked from one side.
  • Remove the lid and gently flip the okra.
  • Cover again and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove the lid and gently stir fry for another 1-2 minutes or until evenly cooked from all the sides.


  1. Use small or medium-sized okra in this recipe. Don't take large ones.
  2. Stir okras gently otherwise they will break.
  3. You may also add minced garlic or garlic powder to the filling for more flavor.
  4. Don't add a lot of water, 2-3 tablespoons will be more than enough. The only purpose of adding water is to let the okra get cooked in moisture without getting burned.
  5. More recipe tips and tricks are given within the post above, please follow them to make this recipe.


Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 353mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 798IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 2mg